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Vol. 14, #26 - Jun 15, 2009 - Issue #731
Redmond Cooking Up Free Consumer AV

  1. Editors Corner
    • Redmond Cooking Up Free Consumer AV
    • New IT Downtime Trends and Cloud Requirements Survey - Win an iPod
    • Vista-To-Windows 7 Free Upgrades Start June 26
    • Quotes Of The Week, both from Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr
  2. Webinars and Seminars
    • Windows Internals Classes From David Solomon Expert Seminars
    • Quantifying the Cost of Log Management - June 16
    • Fight Spam and Other Malware with Ninja Email Security - June 16
    • vSphere and Double-Take Software: Optimize while you Virtualize
  3. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  4. Tech Briefing
    • iPhone 3G S Still Not Enterprise-Ready, Analysts Say
    • What's Coming In Sharepoint Server 2010
    • Tip: How To Install Microsoft VDI
    • Tutorial: Meeting Workspaces in MS Office SharePoint Server 2007
  5. Windows Server News
    • IIS Sees Big Changes In Windows Server 2008
    • Microsoft Enters The VDI Market With Windows Server 2008 R2
  6. Third Party News
    • Hotfix 5 Released For VIPRE And CounterSpy
    • Join The WhiteList Team
  7. WServerNews Fave Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • Join The 1,000 Sites A Month That Switch To VIPRE
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Editors Corner

Redmond Cooking Up Free Consumer AV

Their coming Beta was all over the press the last week. Some of the higher-ups in your organization might get the wrong idea and think you can use that in any kind of enterprise. To give you some ammo against that silly idea (to begin with, managing it would be a nightmare) here are some comments you can pick and choose from to enlighten them and change their mind back to a more sane perspective.

It was interesting to see how the big commercial AV companies responded. Symantec and McAfee came back with something like "Fss... look at the OneCare disaster". Joris Evers, a spokesperson for McAfee, said: "On a level playing field, we are confident in our ability to compete with anyone who might enter the marketplace." Rowan Trollope, senior vice president of consumer software at Symantec said: "Consumers have already rejected OneCare. Making that same substandard security technology free won't change that equation."

Next, There are quite a few free AV products available today, so there's nothing new here. But if you're an enterprise, there really is no such thing as "free" software. Think about the different factors impacting productivity, like antivirus bloatware and ineffective signature-based AV on the desktop and hard to manage consoles for the admin.

On top of that, Small and Medium Enterprises are especially at risk with a so-called "free" offer, because they are more likely to try to get away with using free software than larger enterprises are, and SME's limited IT staff makes the impact of a "wrong" decision much more pronounced than it is in an organization with a big IT team. Kind of a "you get what you pay for" scenario, when the $#!+ hits the fan.

Last year, John Pescatore, an analyst at Gartner Inc., questioned whether users would step up to Microsoft's product (code named Morro) even if it was free. "Consumers are hesitant to pay for a Microsoft security product that will remove problems in other Microsoft products," he said. "Think of it this way. What if you smelled a rotten egg odor in your water and the water company said, 'Sure, we can remove that, but it will cost you $50.' Would you buy it?"

One user commented on the ITPortal site: "Microsoft releasing Morro is like the Tobacco industry offering its own health care service or insurance company; an oxymoron scheme.

I can't help but question whether or not AV companies will eventually react and fight back via the European Courts similarly to those which attacked Microsoft over Internet Explorer. Note that Win7 will ship without a browser in Europe!

New IT Downtime Trends and Cloud Requirements Survey - Win an iPod

It's that time again - ITIC and Sunbelt are teaming up to host another survey. The latest survey topic is on IT Downtime Trends and Cloud Requirement Trends. The survey consists of multiple choice questions and one essay/comment question. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete. We do want to hear from you. So once again, ITIC and Sunbelt will give away two (2) iPods to the respondents who provide us with the most insightful essay responses. Winners will be announced when we publish the Executive Summary and Survey Highlights in this column in late June. As always, all results are kept confidential. (PS: Skip question number 8 please..) To participate in this survey, click on the link below:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-Survey


Vista-To-Windows 7 Free Upgrades Start June 26

InformationWeek reported that Consumers who buy a Vista PC prior to Oct. 22 get Windows 7 gratis. People that purchase a Vista-based computer on or after June 26 will be allowed to upgrade to Windows 7 for free, according to a leaked corporate memo from electronics retailer Best Buy. The memo states that Best Buy (and presumably its competitors) will launch a "Technology Guarantee" program on June 26, under which anyone who purchases a PC running Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate can install Windows 7 at no extra charge when Win7 becomes available Oct. 22.
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-Vista-to-Win7


Quotes Of The Week, both from Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr

"An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes than can be made in a very narrow field."

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."




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Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: [email protected]

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Webinars and Seminars

Windows Internals Classes From David Solomon Expert Seminars

Dave Solomon and his cohorts will be teaching his Windows OS internals classes in Sydney (Sept 14), San Francisco (Sept 28), and a virtual class Oct 19&21 - find out more at:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-Solomon-Seminar


Quantifying the Cost of Log Management - June 16

Security logs don't go away just because budgets are tight and while most of you are like me and would rather concentrate on the techie details none of us can ignore business and financial issues in today's economic situation. So it pays to research your options and perform careful cost analysis You can deal with log management basically 3 different ways:
  • DIY with software or appliance based log management solutions
  • Outsource to an MSSP
  • Leverage Cloud-based log management
Each option has its advantages and disadvantages with regard to:
  • Cost factors
  • Deployment
  • Care and feeding
  • Flexibility
  • Required expertise
  • Security requirements
It greatly depends on your overall organization as well as your internal IT department and information security staff. Is your organization spread out among many geographical sites? What size is your information security group? Does it comprise a few generalists or many specialists? These are just a few of the issues Randy will tackle. For those of you with log management already in place, after this webinar you will either have increased confidence in your current solution or be ready to assess potential cost savings from making a change. If you are in the market for a log management solution this 'real training for free' ? session will equip you with the tools you need to satisfy security requirements while making a good business decision. Please register here:
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Fight Spam and Other Malware with Ninja Email Security - June 16

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment from spam, viruses, and other malware. In this webcast Sunbelt will explain the benefits of using an 'all-in-one' integrated and policy-based email security solution versus separate products on your Exchange Server for antivirus, antispam, attachment filtering, and disclaimers. Learn how Ninja Email Security helps you to fight spam, viruses, trojans, phishing and other email security threats with a series of 'best-of-breed' plug-ins. When: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 2:00 PM (EST) Please register here:
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vSphere and Double-Take Software: Optimize while you Virtualize

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  • Deploying vSphere Clouds
  • Zero downtime migrations and conversions
  • Managing virtual workloads with unlimited VM licensing
  • Granular workload availability and disaster recovery
  • Workload backup and easy recovery
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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Leverage your log data: collect, archive, search, proactively diagnose issues, with EventTrackerPULSE:
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Tech Briefing

iPhone 3G S Still Not Enterprise-Ready, Analysts Say

The iPhone 3G S boasts remote data wipe, hardware-based encryption and tethering of the device to a laptop that would seem to please business users interested in protecting data and enhancing productivity. But some analysts are saying it's still not enough. ComputerWorld has the write-up:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-iPhone-For-Enterprise


What's Coming In Sharepoint Server 2010

For IT managers who lived through the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2003 to 2007 overhaul, the thought of migrating to the software's next iteration might be daunting, but they may be pleasantly surprised. SharePoint Server 2010 will undoubtedly involve some technical changes, but it won't come with the architectural upheaval that 2007 did. Learn more in this expert tip.
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-SharePoint-Server-2010


Tip: How To Install Microsoft VDI

Microsoft virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) may be right for your environment, but if you choose to install it, you should consider the substantial hardware requirements to support it. These can mean additional costs and management requirements as well. This tip outlines how to get started with VDI in Windows Server 2008 R2, as well as best practices and key considerations for installation: (Registration Required)
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-Server-Virtualization


Tutorial: Meeting Workspaces in MS Office SharePoint Server 2007

When planning meetings, Microsoft Exchange Server and Outlook allow organizers to compare attendees' calendars and send out meeting invitations. Exchange 2007 also allows users to reserve conference rooms when sending out meeting invitations. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 offers the perks of both by letting you create meeting workspaces. Learn more about what these are and how they work in this tutorial:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-SharePoint


Windows Server News

IIS Sees Big Changes In Windows Server 2008

Over the years, Internet Information Services (IIS) - Microsoft's flagship Web server product - has received a lot of flak for being hacked and compromised. With the release of Windows Server 2008, however, Microsoft had the opportunity to move past those stereotypes and do something really great - and this time, it worked. Find out why IIS may exceed your expectations the second time around:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-IIS-WServer-2008


Microsoft Enters The VDI Market With Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, previously known by its codename "Windows 7 Server," has recently entered the "release candidate" phase of development and is now "feature complete," containing all the features that will be included in the final release version of the product. One of the most anticipated new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 is Microsoft's new VDI software or "Remote Desktop Virtualization Host," as Microsoft is calling it. This article discusses how the Remote Desktop Virtualization Hosts stacks up against other VDI software:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-VDI-WServer-2008R2


Third Party News

Hotfix 5 Released For VIPRE And CounterSpy

VIPRE and CounterSpy HotFix 5 were released this week, providing a number of improvements in stability and overall effectiveness. Most importantly for enterprise customers, it solves issues experienced when running VIPRE and the ShadowProtect backup program at the same time on a server.

Users will be prompted to update through the user interfaces of both the consumer and enterprise versions of VIPRE and CounterSpy.

Version numbers for Hotfix 5:
CounterSpy (enterprise agent and consumer): 3.1.2774
VIPRE (enterprise agent and consumer version): 3.1.2775

Along with the agent, enterprise customers are encouraged to update their console version. The console build number for both CounterSpy and VIPRE is 3.1.3121.

Join The WhiteList Team

We'd like to invite VIPRE and CounterSpy Enterprise customers to join our whitelist team. Take a newly imaged machine and run this utility on it so we can whitelist all the exe's on that box. If you have more than one image for different departments, run it on all of them.

Here's the link to the post with instructions and a download link for the whitelisting app:
http://www.wservernews.com/090615-VIPRE-Whitelisting-App


WServerNews Fave Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff.



WServerNews - Product of the Week

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